I always wore cute shoes. At least I thought they were. Some people, namely my opinionated family, would heartily disagree.
But then my cute shoes started making my feet feel numb. Or so I thought. Certainly, it had to be the shoes. For confirmation of my belief, I saw my family doctor about my aggravating, tingly feet.
"Well of course I believe it could be those shoes, Jennifer. You spend too much time walking and working in those impractical, unsupportive things," my doctor said.
She went on saying, "Buy some practical shoes with some arch support and the tingling will go away I bet."
Sure enough, new shoes purchased and a few weeks later my numb feet were history.
Later, as I was wrapping up my senior year in college, back in the olden days when students wrote long-hand exams in blue books, my right hand started to feel like it was asleep.
Strange, I thought, and back to the doctor I went.
"You're just under lots of stress, studying ...
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Full Question: I have been taking Topamax for three months and I am experiencing a difference in the way my food tastes, an awful metallic taste in my mouth, and painful, tingling sensations in my upper right back area and also on the bottoms of my feet. Could this be due to this medication? Have you heard of others having these difficulties? Thank your for your time. Sherry. Answer: Dear Sherry; Yes, altered taste can be a side effect of Topamax. Tingling of the extremities can also be a side effect of Topamax, but for it to be occurring in the upper back area is not typical. The tingling in your feet might be helped by asking your doctor about a potassium supplement. You do need to mention all of these side effects to your doctor. They may lessen over time. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . About Ask the Clinician :...
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